Keys to Understanding Informational TextSeptember 22, 2016
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Comprehension: Does your child understand the benefits of a book’s print features.
Help your child understand how a book’s print features provide additional information and aid in easier navigation of the text. Select an informational text and ask the following questions.
- Where in this book would you find the list of topics in the order in which they will be presented? [Table of Contents].
- What is the difference between a book’s index and its table-of-contents, in terms of the information each provides? [While the table of content provides a list of topics and the order in which they are presented, an index provides an alphabetical listing of topics, subtopics, and key information in the text]
- How does a reader benefit from a book’s glossary? [The glossary provides readers with definition of words located in the text].
- Where could a reader locate a brief overview of the book’s content? [Preface]
- Where in the book is the appendix located? [The end, usually after the reference}
- What is the purpose of the appendix? [To provide additional, supportive, or supplemental information related to the book’s content]
- Does your book have a pronunciation guide, and is a pronunciation guide necessary? [A pronunciation guide helps a reader pronounce the words included in the text].
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